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PRESS PHOTO COURTESY U.S. NAVYPetty Officer 2nd Class Michael Master, a fire controlman and Allentown native, is serving aboard the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS Sterett. PRESS PHOTO COURTESY U.S. NAVYPetty Officer 2nd Class Michael Master, a fire controlman and Allentown native, is serving aboard the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS Sterett.

Allentown resident serves aboard USS Sterett

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by The Press in

An Allentown native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile destroyer, USS Sterett.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Master is a fire controlman aboard the Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer operating out of San Diego, Calif.

A Navy fire controlman is responsible for weapon systems aboard the ship.

“I like that my job gives me the chance to work with the weapons systems,” Master said.

Commissioned in August of 2008, Sterett measures approximately 500 feet and is powered by four gas turbines that allow the destroyer to achieve more than 30 mph in open seas.

Sterett is the fourth ship to be named after Lt. Andrew Sterett, a U.S. Naval officer who fought in the Quasi and Barbary wars.

Destroyers are tactical multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, as well as humanitarian assistance.

Fast, maneuverable, and technically advanced, destroyers provide the required war fighting expertise and operational flexibility to execute any tasking overseas.

With a crew of more than 300 sailors, jobs are highly specialized and keep each part of the destroyer running smoothly, according to Navy officials.

The jobs range from washing dishes and preparing meals to maintaining engines and handling weaponry.

“This ship has great camaraderie,” Master said.

Challenging living conditions build strong fellowship among the crew, Navy officials explained.

The crew is highly motivated, and quickly adapts to changing conditions.

It is a busy life of specialized work, watches, and drills.

“I joined the Navy to be able to serve my county,” Master said.